Advanced course on the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds

time: 26.09.2011. - 24.12.2011.
place: Zadar, Croatia
The International Centre on Underwater Archaeology (ICUA) is organising a 3-month advanced training course on the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds, due to take place in Zadar, Croatia, from 26th September to 24th December. The course is organised with the support of the UNESCO Office in Venice.

This international course is targeted to the practical and theoretical training of candidates for independent work in the restoration and conservation of underwater archaeological finds. In addition to a theoretical introduction, providing insight into the issues of archaeology, underwater archaeology, restoration and conservation, candidates will be also taught specific elements related to the preservation of underwater cultural objects, such as in-situ conservation of features, the administration of archaeological sites and the handling of finds.

Besides the theoretical segment, most of the lessons will consist in mentored practical work at the workshops of the Croatian Conservation Institute (HRZ) in Zadar. Candidates will work with various materials and will be required to complete three main workshops, respectively focused on metal, pottery, and organic finds. Lectures will be given by staff members of the HRZ and ICUA Zadar, faculty members of the University of Zadar, and guest lecturers from foreign institutions. The production of a manual for the course programme is underway, for which the special approval of UNESCO will be sought.

At the end of the course candidates will take an exam in the theoretical and practical segments, after which they will be entitled to a certificate confirming that they have passed our Centre's course for specialized conservators/restorers of underwater archaeological finds.
The course will run for three calendar months.

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(D.H., 20.09.2011)